Freezing zucchini

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We have had many kilos of zucchini this summer and once again I have been experimenting with lots of different recipes. This one is a new family favourite.

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But there is only so much you can do, especially when you miss one and then wham! it’s huge!

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These two beauties weighed in at a combined 1.9 kg! When we have big ones like these I freeze them for use in the winter. It is actually really simple and quick to do. First I wash then top and tail my zucchini before cutting into manageable pieces.

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I shred the zucchini, skin and all, in my food processor. I prefer the food processor as the grate is thicker than a hand grater and therefore the zucchini does not lose so much moisture.

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I find it easiest to store the zucchini in portions that work well for recipes. My preference is in 200 gram lots, this fits easily into a zipper sandwich bag.

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It’s important to squeeze the air out of each sandwich bag and seal tightly – it ensures the zucchini keeps well. I label the bag with the type and date to remember which bags to use first.

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The flat bags fit easily in the freezer.

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Those two giant zucchinis made 8 bags for us to use in the future.

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Today I grated the last of our zucchini to make another 14 bags giving us approximately 4.4 kilos to enjoy over the winter months.

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The frozen zucchini can be used in just about any recipe that calls for grated zucchini.  Simply remove it from the freezer and thaw it in a colander to remove excess moisture before using it in the recipe. I put it in spaghetti, curries, muffins, anything really!

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It’s so simple even 5 year old Ruby helped out today!

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And don’t stress: that’s texta all over her hands not dirt 🙂

 

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About A Kailyard in Adelaide

A Kailyard in Adelaide! We are working hard to be domestically sustainable in the foothills of Adelaide. As we both work fulltime this is not an easy task, but we do our best growing much of our own produce in our yard and in our community garden plots. We reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible and try hard to not consume mindlessly. We have 5000 l of rainwater, a 5 kw solar system, and use a green energy provider for all our excess needs. Rachel: Mother, partner, teacher, writer, reader, crafter, cook, gardener, artist. Jamie: Father, partner, lecturer, therapist, would-be-politician, gardener, photographer, music lover.
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6 Responses to Freezing zucchini

  1. Great idea, Rachel – waste not, want not 🙂 I have rescued a pile of very old children books from the op shop bin and they need a new home – free giveaway. Just let me know if you are interested and I can send you photos!

  2. Dani says:

    I think this could work in glass jars too, as a good way to reduce plastic and keep those hormonal chemicals off your food 🙂

  3. Phuong says:

    So many lovely zucchinis. Usually the squash vine borers kills ours before we get many squashes.

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